Fall cocktails have arrived at urbanbelly. Rich in color and complex in flavor, they add an urban comfort vibe that pairs well with Chef Bill Kim’s menu of dumplings, noodles and rice bowls.
The Paper Crane ($9) is a spiced riff on a Paper Plane cocktail, featuring Mars Iwai Japanese whisky, amaro and lemon juice. Another twist on a classic, the Frozen Negroni ($9), subs the usual gin for West 32 Soju, a Korean spirit made in New York City. Mixed with persimmon, orange curacao, bitters and orange juice, it’s sweeter and more playful that the Italian cocktail but still refreshingly bitter.
West 32 Soju also stars in the Tea 32 ($8), an urbanbelly original. Combined with the Italian digestif Fernet Branca, lemon juice and bitters, the drink is as approachable and refreshing as an herbal mint iced tea. In contrast, the Smoke & Spice Margarita ($9) is a showcase for smoky mezcal, complemented by orange curacao, amaretto and lime juice.
The Dude Abides ($7) works as an after-dinner libation or even dessert. A playful reference to the White Russian cocktail that plays a key supporting role in the 1998 cult classic “The Big Lebowski,” the drink features vodka, Vietnamese iced coffee, cream and cinnamon.